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The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service. Upon graduating from Temple University and successfully completing the ProRanger Philadelphia program, participants are placed in a permanent career tenure law enforcement park ranger position with the National Park Service.
Upon acceptance into the ProRanger Philadelphia program, a ProRanger trainee will become part of an experiential learning cohort made up of at least 12 and no more than 20 fellow trainees. During the summer periods between the freshman/sophomore and sophomore/junior years, the ProRanger Philadelphia trainee will be assigned to a National Park area and will be employed as a seasonal National Park Service employee. Trainees will also participate in a three-credit academic course that accompanies the internship and includes reflective experiences of the cohort group. During the period between the junior/senior year, the ProRanger trainee will be enrolled in the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) at Temple University.
In addition to the experiential components, students will complete four academic courses that include: 1) a three-credit course that studies the mission and functions of the National Park Service and the role of law enforcement in National Parks; 2) a communications/leadership course chosen from an array of options; 3) an ethics course chosen from an array of options; 4) a content area course chosen from an array of options.
While the primary duties of the ProRanger Philadelphia graduate is protecting people and property, ProRanger Philadelphia trainees do not have to be Criminal Justice majors, and students from any academic major or background may apply. More importantly, a ProRanger Philadelphia trainee will have an aptitude for working with people with diverse backgrounds, have an interest in the outdoors, history and the environment, and has a high standard of ethical behavior.
Please see www.temple.edu/proranger for more information about becoming a ProRanger.
The University College, in consultation with the National Park Service, has developed a certificate program in National Park Service Management that will provide extensive opportunities for academic study, training and development, and for internship placement as preparation for a career in National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement and in other areas related to park service management, as well as other related careers. The certificate program is open to students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs who are part of the ProRanger Philadelphia program. The certificate requires a minimum of 21 credits. In addition to the experiential and internship components that require reflective essays, students will complete other academic courses that explore the mission and functions of the NPS, communications and leadership, and ethics.
Requirements for the Certificate in National Park Service Management
* Some courses may not be available to all students. Students should check prerequisites and other requirements when planning their course of study for the certificate.
** In order to enroll in the Seasonal Law Enforcement Professional Development Program (ProRanger 3587), students must meet specific admissions requirements which include a federal background investigation, criminal history check, psychological and physical fitness testing, drug screening tests and an interview. Students should see www.temple.edu/proranger for course eligibility criteria and the course syllabus and student handbook for other special conditions. Students may not enroll in any other courses while enrolled in ProRanger 3587.
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